For some those words alone are enough to make a viewer switch off ,but for me even flawed films by Ken still have plenty of interest.
His take on the rise and death of Rudolph Valentino was apparently not a good time for him and he would later disown the film as a studio tampered compromise.
Despite this the film is actually pretty good even if Rudolf Nureyev is not the greatest actor in the world.
The film charts the rise of Valentio form ball room pretty boy to the biggest silent film star in the world .
He leaves a trail of broken hearts behind him and even breaks some noses as he challenges a blowhard journalist to a boxing duel in the latter parts of the film
Of course this being Ken Russell everything is amped up including the acting by some of the cast ,but I guess that is because Russell wants to show pre sound Hollywood in all its horrible splendour.
As I said the film isn't perfect the central casting of Nureyev was a risky gamble which doesn't pay off on the whole but if you can swallow the directors flights of fancy the film isn't half bad.